tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN February 28, 2017 1:00am-2:01am PST
happening now. president trump getting ready to address congress for the first time as commander in chief. the theme, renewal of the american spirit. one of the topics we will hear tonight is health care. the president realizes repeals and replacing obamacare won't be easy. a stunning suggestion from president trump. who he says is behind those leaks that have rattled the white house. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is tuesday, february 28th.
4:00 a.m. in the east. in hours, president trump will give his first address to the joint session of congress. the speech writing team to finalize the address which is expected to be heavy on national security creating economic opportunity and quote promises made and promises kept. the white house sent an e-mail to outlets. the e-mail was provided to cnn. it notes the president will address safer communities and better schools for the forgotten men and women. apparently a reference to poor and minority communities. he will layout a plan to work with congress on a sweeping agenda with better workplaces for parents and better education for kids. >> this comes at a critical time. the country is waiting on the president's health plan and budget outline just made public and options for winning the
fight against isis. we have jim acosta with a preview of the address. >> reporter: dave and christine, the president is appearing to have a tone of renewal of the american spirit. that is the theme of the speech. the white house is signaling that president trump is sharpening the budget axe to non defense spending. only the pentagon is spared in the budget plans. the president is expected to propose a big $54 billion increase in defense spending. just to put that in perspective. that is larger than what the government spends at the state and epa. the president said yesterday here at the white house, agencies should brace for leaner times. >> we will do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people. we can do so much more with the money we spend. with a $20 trillion in debt, can you imagine, the government must
learn to tighten its belt. something families all across the country have had to learn to do. they had to learn do to do it. >> reporter: dave and christine. >> we will look for that. >> he wants to cut funding of agencies. here is the projected budget outline for 2017. about 66% is mandatory spending. the bills the government has to pay. remaining one-third is discretion spending. bulk of that is defense. trump wants $30 billion added to the spending. he wants to increase the defense spending by $54 billion. he can cut government prom pro and agencies. this is more of a guideline.
this goes to the federal agencies to give them a head's up. then it goes to congress and could look different by the time it is passed. one group is excited about the policies. the dow hitting another record high. that's 12 in a row. it ties the record set back in 1987. dow up incredible 2,400 points since president trump detectiel president. running into stumbling blocks in morning. two house conservatives, chairman mark meadows saying he would vote against a draft of the obamacare repeal bill leaked last week. meadows calling for the refundable tax credits which he calls a new entitlement program. ahead of the speech, the president is admitting that replacing obamacare is tougher than it looked from the campaign
trail. cnn's phil mattingly has the latest. >> reporter: it has been a seven-year war for the republicans against the cornerstone achievement. repeal and replace of obamacare. the process of actually doing it is slightly more difficult. something president trump made very clear yesterday. >> we have come up with a solution that's really, really, i think very good. i have to tell you, it is an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: on the policy side and politics and procedure side here on capitol hill under scoring the urgency for house gop leaders. they want to move fast and with good reason. they see the town halls and they see approval numbers for obamacare rise. they want to move quickly. if they don't, if people feeling the election pressure and feeling that town hall pressure, who knows what could happen. they want president trump not to
get behind in general proposals, but specifically get behind the path laid out by house speaker paul ryan. that is what they want in the speech. the question is will he go that far? is he with them in the process? >> reporter: thank you, phil. bernie sanders not known for his sense of humor. busted out laughing when asked about the trump comment nobody knew how complicated health care could be. serving on the senate health committee providing care in the nation of 320 million people is very complicated. >> stunned. every day. you just mentioned to me. this is the president of the united states. we have debated health care in the country for 30 years. he says, who knew how complicated it was. he is maybe the only person in the country who doesn't know. >> the former candidate says he does not believe democrats
should help repeal and replace. members of the key house committee looking into russia's interference allegedly. and they will examine contacts with the trump campaign and russia and also look into who leaked key details about russia's action. the leadership on the committee is at odds over what investigators have determined. if they determined anything at all. house intel chairman tells cnn there's no evidence that russian officials communicated with the trump campaign and is brushing off calls for an independent investigation. >> not that i'm aware of. we have not seen any evidence of anyone from the trump campaign or any campaign for that matter, communicated with the russian government. >> the ranking democrat says the committee hasn't looked into the issue yet. saying the white house is too quick to dismiss the
investigation. >> that is like saying before you begin the investigation, because you haven't started it yet, you should not start it because you don't have the evidence. we need to follow the facts wherever they lead and not begin with the conclusion as the white house would like us to do. >> there are questions over whether the housecompromised after the chairmans discussed with the white house and agreed to speak with reporters about the russia connection. president trump says he insists he knows who is responsible for the town hall. in an interview with fox news set to air this morning, he sets the finger at president trump. listen to him suggest mr. obama is orchestrating this before he takes it one step further. >> can we talk about president obama? it turns out his organization is organizing the protests that the
republicans are seeing around the country and against you. do you believe president obama is behind it? if he is, is that a violation of the uncalled so-called president's code? >> i think he is behind it. i think it is politics. people are behind it. some of the leaks, possibly, come from that group. some of the leaks, which are serious leaks. they are bad in terms of national security. >> is it produded question. cnn reached out to president obama's office for comment. sean spicer denying the cnn report that trump blessed his decision to search cell phones and block reporters from a briefing. spicer said that move to check the phone of top aides to see if they were leaking information or using evncrypted apps to talk t reporters. he says those were his ideas.
quote mr. trump did not sign off or know what i did. that is not accurate. i don't believe he knew there was a gaggle. it was not discussed with him or any other staffer. a driving force behind the trade agenda will be sworn in. the senate voting 72-27 to confirm wilbur ross as commerce secretary. a final vote for interior secretary ryan zinke is now scheduled wednesday. rick perry still awaiting for confirmation. sonny perdue is still waiting for committee hearings. >> now wilbur ross is secretary, he is key part of the agenda. including involving the budget negotiations. >> trade. >> exactly. now a feeling that the team can really get up and running.
welcome back. a preliminary framework for wrapping up the war on isis is in the hands of president trump. the pentagon delivering options with diplomatic and financial and military strategies. that is setting ground forces in northern syria could be on the table. we have cnn's jomana karadsheh joining us from amman, jordan. >> reporter: dave, the attitude is wait and see. the realization there are so many options on the table and people want to wait and see what the administration decides to do when it comes to the fight against isis. you have some in the region who would be welcoming of an
increased u.s. role in the fight against isis. some who have been critical of the united states saying that they haven't been aggressive enough in the fight. you have others who are very suspicious of u.s. motives. especially when there is talk of the possibility of deploying ground forces and combat forces in northern syria and increasing the number of forces in iraq. some who feel that there's more to the u.s. intention here of deploying troops. especially after we heard the talk from president trump about mistakes in the past and not taking iraq's oil that really has increased those suspicions in some parts of the region. you have others concerned also about increasing and having more fighting forces in northern syria. a complex battle field with so many groups there and competing
interests with u.s. forces raises the concern that it would make the battle messier. there is no real one option that is accepted by all in this very complex and very divided region. dave. >> thank you, jomana. breaking overnight. cnn learned two women charged in the murder of kim jong-nam. the half brother of kim jong-un. let's go to alexandra field. she is live in kuala lumpur with the breaking details. there are a suggestion that the family of the women were duped or a tv prank. the authorities see something more devious. >> reporter: that's right. authorities here believe the women were trained to kill. both women told authorities they thought they were participating in a prank. the officials say they have enough to charge the vietnamese and indonesian woman with murder after putting the liquid on kim
jong-nam's face. investigators are still looking into another case of a man not charged yet. envoy from north korea arrive in kuala lumpur paucalling for tha man's release and calling for the return of kim jong-nam's body and asking for better relations. the north koreans are critical of the investigation into kim jong-nam's death. officials said north korea has refused to cooperate. officials are looking for seven more north korean citizens they want to question in connection with the attack. without more cooperation from north korea, officials could look at various actions. they already recalled ambassador posted to pyongyang. they could look at shuttering the embassy and ending the travel program for north korean citizens. >> alex following every twist and turn of the mysterious
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it is 30 minutes past the hour. in hours, president trump will give his first address to a joint session of congress. the president's speech writing team is working to finalize the address which is expected to be heavy on national security and cred creating economic opportunity. the white house sent an e-mail in advance of the speech. the e-mail was provided to cnn. it lays out many of the same ideas we have reported. it will address safer communities and better schools for the forgotten men and women. a reference to poorer and minority communities. he will work on a plan on a sweeping agenda with better workplace for parents and better education for kids. >> the speech comes at a critical time for the administration. the country is still waiting on the president's health plan. his budget outline made public and given new options for winning the fight against isis. cnn's jim acosta has the
preview. >> reporter: dave and christine, the president appears to be ready to strike a positive tone to the joint session of congress. renew of american spirit is the theme of the speech. the white house is signaling that president trump is sharpening the budget axe to make cuts to non defense spending in washington. only the pentagon is spared in the budget plans. white house officials say the president is expected to propose a $54 billion in defense spending. that increase is larger than what the government spends at the state department and epa. the president said at the white house yesterday, federal agencies should brace for leaner times. >> we're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people. we can do more with the money we spend. with a $20 trillion in debt, the government must learn to tighten its belt.
something families all across the country have had to learn to do. they had to learn to do it. >> reporter: the white house cautions the full proposal from the budget will not be out until may. dave and christine. thank you. president trump wants to craft a budget to put america first. here are the things he wants to spend more on. jim mentioned the $54 billion boost to defense. the president pledged to beef up law enforcement. renewed the call for infrastructure build, but said the states have to help pay for that. defense boost is cutting government programs elsewhere. the president will target foreign aid which totals $35 billion. the environmental protection agency is preparing for deep cuts. that agency runs on an $8.2 billion budget. the state department funding could be cut from the $50 billion budget right now.
it is critical to keeping america safe. dave, they say the state department, foreign aid spending, is a compliment to the military strategy. these are investments in the country to have a seat at the table to craft policy there to prevent military conflict later on. >> let's not forget during the benghazi investigation, the argument was the state department cuts left them vulnerable to attacks in benghazi. a bit of a hypocritical message. republican efforts to repeal and replace obamacare running into stumbling blocks. two top house conservatives mark meadows saying they would vote against a draft of the obamacare repeal bill that leaked last week. meadows calling for refundable tax credits which he calls a new entitlement program. the president is admitting that replacing obamacare is tougher than it looked from the campaign trail. we have phil mattingly.
>> reporter: it has been a seven-year war against the achievement of president obama's domestic policy. no secret withhat they want to . president trump made that clear yesterday. >> we have come up with a solution that's really, really i think very good. i have to tell you some unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: that complexity on the policy side and politics and procedural side here on capitol hill kind of under scoring the urgency for house gop leaders. they want to move fast and with good reason. they see the town halls and approval numbers for obamacare rise. they want to move quickly. if they don't. if people start feeling the election pressure and town hall pressure, who knows what could happen? that is why. they want president trump to get behind in general the proposals,
but specifically explicitly get behind the path laid out by house speaker paul ryan. that is what they want to see in his speech. will he go that far? is he with them so far in the process? dave and christine. >> thank you, phil. bernie sanders not known for his sense of humor busted out laughing when asked about president trump's comments that nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. sanders telling anderson cooper he learned several serving on a senate committee. >> you just mentioned to me. he said this is the president of the united states. we have been debating health care in the country for 30 years. he said who knew how complicated it was? he is the only person in the country who doesn't know how complicated it is. >> the former presidential candidate says he does not
believe democrats should help republicans repeal and replace, but would work with them to improve obamacare. members of the house committee looking not alleged russian interference on the election. they will examine contacts with the trump campaign and russia and look into who leaked details about the russian actions. the leadership of the committee is at odds over what the investigators have determined if they determined anything at all. house intel chairman tells cnn there is no evidence that russian officials communicated with the trump campaign. he is brushing off calls for investigation. >> not that i'm aware of. we have not seen any evidence of anyone from the trump campaign or any other campaign for that matter that communicated with the russian government. >> meanwhile, adam schiff says they have not looked into the issue yet. he says the white house is being too quick to dismiss the investigation. >> it is if saying before you
begin the investigation because you haven't started it yet, you should never start it because you don't have the evidence. that's nonsense. we need to follow the facts where they lead and not begin with the conclusion as the white house would like us to do. >> they there are also new ques if the investigations are compromised after reports that the republican chairman of both committees privately discussed the matter with the white house and discussed with reporters to tamp down the investigation. >> donald trump says he inn vis sifts he knows who to blame n. an interview set to air this morning, the president points the finger at president obama. listen to the interviewer suggesting obama is orchestrating the chaos. >> you talk about president obama. it turns out his organization is doing the organizing some of the
protests at the republicans are seeing around the country and against you. >> right. >> did you believe president obama is behind it? if it is, is that a violation of the so-called presidents code? >> i think he is behind it. i think it is politics. his people are certainly behind it. the leaks, certainly come from that group. they are very bad in terms of national security. >> so the president did not offer any evidence to back up his claim. cnn has reached out to obama's office for comment. white house press secretary sean spicer says he denies the report that president trump signed off on the cell phones of top aides to see if they were leaking information or using encrypted apps to talk to reporters or his idea. spicer says mr. trump did not
sign off or even know what i did. that is not accurate. i don't believe he knew there was a gaggle. no way was discussed with him or any other staffer. a significant break with the last administration, the justice department reversing on the voter identification law in texas. last summer, a federal appeals court agreed with the obama administration that the law discriminated against the voters and violated the voting rights act. the trump administration says the texas legislature is considering changes to the law to address concerns and the justice department wants efforts to be allowed to move forward. 39 minutes past the hour on tuesday morning. options for growing the fight against isis are now on the president's desk. what are they and what is the reaction in the arab world? we are live in the middle east.
all right. preliminary framework for ramping up the war in syria is on donald trump's desk. cnn reporting that spending grounds forces in northern syria could be on the table. we have cnn's jomana karadsheh tracking the latest from amman, jordan. jomana, president trump campaigned on decisive victory plan in his hands right away when taking office. >> reporter: christine, the attitude in the region is everyone is waiting to see what this new administration strategy will be. they understand that there are multiple options here that are presented by the military leadership to the white house. they will wait and see what the decision is. you will have some in the region who will be welcoming of more u.s. involvement.
countries like jordan who have wanted to see a more aggressive u.s. approach when it comes to the fight against isis in iraq and syria and expanding beyond that. you have others who are suspicious of u.s. motives. especially when it comes to the notion of more combat forces in iraq, for example, more troops in iraq. or deploying combat ground forces in northern syria. some very suspicious. especially after hearing president trump talk about what he described as mistakes of the past and not taking iraq's oil. you have some who will be very concerned about adding more combat forces in northern syria. very complex battle field there where you have so many different groups already engaged in the fighting there and competing regional and international interests. there is that concern. of course, the issue of the
syrian kurds and how they deal with that issue. they have been considered one of the reliable partners in the fight against isis. so far how is this administration going to deal with this syrian kurds and support they have been providing them which is not very acceptable to turkey. there really is no one option acceptable for all in this very complex and very divided region. >> it never is. if there were a magic pill or silver bullet, it would have been deployed. thank you, jomana karadsheh. breaking overnight. two women will be charged in the murder of kim jong-nam. the half brother of kim jong-un. we have alexandra field in kuala lumpur with the breaking details. good morning. >> reporter: the busy airport in
kuala lumpur terminal. they will now go to court tomorrow to face murder charges. both of the suspects claimed they thought they were part of the prank when asked to put liquid on kim jong-nam's face. the charges they are facing are murder. the conviction comes with a mandatory death penalty. a north korean citizen in custody who malaysian officials are investigating. an envoy from north korea has arrived in kuala lumpur to lobby for his release. that envoy also seeking the return of kim jong-nam's body held in kuala lumpur. he wants it returned to north korea. he is working toward better relations with north korea and malaysia. relations with the two countries increasingly strained. north korean officials critical of the malaysian investigation. malaysian officials are not getting the cooperation from north korean officials. they are looking to question seven north koreans in
connection with kim jong-nam's death. tomorrow, two suspects go to court to hear the murder charge. dave. >> alex, thank you. it is about 50 minutes past the hour. a childhood dream is coming true for a couple of amateur astronauts. spacex is taking them to the moon. details when we get a check on cnn money stream next. pain used to shut me down during pick-up games. but with odor free blue-emu continuous pain relief spray, i can box out any muscle or joint pain immediately. blue-emu continuous pain relief spray, it works fast and you won't stink.
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issue a security advisory. since the beginning of the year, 90 reported incidents at 73 locations in 30 states and one canadian province. japanese auto parts company takata pleading guilty and agreeing to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties for concealing defective air bag deflators. the scandal touched off the biggest auto recall in history involving 19 automakers in 42 million vehicles. the three former executives are charged. the company's actions over the 15-year period were deeply inappropriate. to weather now. warmer weather with a few days of severe weather risk. meteorologist pedram javaheri has the latest. >> dave and christine, the last day of the meteorological winter. widespread warmth in the midwest.
you take a look. the storms developing off out to st. louis and working toward paducah by the afternoon. the highest level of concern for st. louis, little rock and memphis for hail and wind. we are quickly transitioning you see the activity pick up. 80 in little rock today. you think that will help fuel the storms? absolutely. 21 degrees above normal. same story in chicago at 21 above normal. the threat pushes to the east. birmingham and atlanta could get in on the action on wednesday afternoon with the storms forecast across the region. places like new york city from the 50s. up to 70 degrees. a lot of clouds and thunderstorms wednesday before a cooling trend going into the late week. guys. thank you. the dust starting to settle after the big best picture oscar
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too fast. goldman sachs warning that the market reached maximum optimism. warning signs are flashing. the current bull market is 2,913 days old. it is up 250%. the second longest bull market ever. the first one was 4,400 days. from the crash to the dot-com bubble. it grew 582%. if you were to match the longest bull market in history you would have farther to go. one sector could be the best best right now. defense stocks. sector raising again after president trump's latest vow to beef up the military. dou boeing up 15% this year. lockheed martin. defense stocks are a great play.
spacex is flying to the moon and taking two lucky tourists with it. elon musk says two people will take a trip around the moon next year. the ship will take off from nasa's cape canaveral. these amateur astronauts are likely paying millions for the trip. they will undergo fitness tests and go through training. no humans have traveled past low earth orbit since 1972 with apollo. >> i'm not signing up for that. >> they approached him. these two people approached him. they are on board. they will orbit the moon next year. >> they will have one heck of a story to tell. "early start" continues right now. happening now. president trump getting ready to
address congress for the first time as commander in chief. should we expect the same dark tone we heard in the inaugural? one topic we will hear. health care. the president realizes it is not easy. we will show you what he said. and a stunning suggestion from president trump. who does he say is behind the leaks that have rattled the white house. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> nice to see you. i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, february 28th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. good morning. hours, president trump will give his first address to the joint session of congress. the speech writing teamworking with him to finalize the address. expected to be heavy on national security and creating economic opportunity and this promises made and promises kept. we also heard the white house sent an e-mail to media outlets in advance. that e-mail provided to cnn.